2009 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
MONTVALE,N.J. – The latest generation of the compact Mercedes-Benz A-Class car isshowing itself to be more youthful, attractive, and environmentally compatiblethan ever before, according to www.autospectator.com. This is ensured by acompletely revised design, high-grade appointments, and new technicaldevelopments.
An ECOstart-stop function that reduces urban petrol consumption of theseBlueEFFICIENCY vehicles by up to nine percent is now available for the high-volumemodels A 150 and A 170, for example. For the three-door A 160 CDI,Mercedes-Benz has developed an additional BlueEFFICIENCY package that lowersthe fuel consumption of the Coupé by more than eight percent to 4.5L per 100kilometers.
In spring2008 Mercedes-Benz is presenting the five-door Saloon and the three-door Coupéin completely upgraded versions. Viewed from the front, the sweeping lines ofthe newly designed headlamps combine the front end and flanks, which literallyappear to be cast from a single mould. The redesigned front bumper reinforcesthis impression; its lower air intake is now much larger, emphasizing the widthof the body. The radiator grille is also in a new design, which underlines theprogressive aura of the A-Class.
Designfeatures at the front-end provide more distinctions between the design andequipment lines of the A-Class. While the louvres in the radiator grille of thebasic version are painted in dark-grey, they are respectively in metallic atlasgrey and high-sheen iridium silver in the ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE lines, andare also visually upgraded by additional chrome strips. Discreet chrome trimstrips further reinforce this impression. In the AVANTGARDE line, the frontbumper also has a distinctive design, which emphasizes the arrow-shape of thefront end and suggests greater agility.
While thebasic model is equipped with 15-inch wheels and seven-spoke wheel embellishersas standard, ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE are fitted with individually designed16-inch light-alloy wheels. The new, larger exterior mirror housings and doorhandles are now painted in the vehicle color for all model variants. Theprevious side rubbing strips have been replaced by discreet chrome trim strips,which provide additional visual highlights in the ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDEmodels.
The rearend of the A-Class is dominated by a modified bumper and newly designed rearlight clusters, which extend well into the vehicle flanks. Both these featuresmake the body appear wider and therefore more imposing. In the ELEGANCE andAVANTGARDE models, the rear bumper is embellished with additional,reflector-look trim strips and chrome inserts. The new, ergonomically improvedtailgate handle is chrome-plated in both lines, as is the oval exhausttailpipe.
With fuelconsumption figures between 4.9 and 8.1 liters per 100 kilometers, thenew-generation A-Class is a model of fuel economy. Thanks to detailedimprovements, the fuel consumption of the state-of-the-art direct-injectiondiesel engines has been reduced by more than eight percent or 0.5 liters per100 kilometers compared to the preceding series.
Fromautumn 2008 Mercedes-Benz will introduce a standard BlueEFFICIENCY package forthe three-door A 160 CDI with a manual transmission, with further improvementsin engine efficiency, aerodynamics, rolling resistance, energy management, andweight. The sum of these measures achieves a fuel saving of 0.4 liters, whichmeans that the A 160 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY has an NEDC consumption of just 4.5 litersper 100 kilometers. As a result the CO2 emissions of the 60 kW/82 hp Coupé are119 grams per kilometer.